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      Breakaway! Create Your Story, Amplify Your Voice, Share with the World! (Online) [A]
Target group: Licensed staff

Educators are inspired by stories and have inspiring stories to share. Have you ever wanted to be a blogger and write about your beliefs as an educator? A TED Talk speaker and inspire a new way of thinking? An Ignite Presenter? Maybe you dream of sharing your ideas on a podcast? Have you seen the power of storytelling in your classroom? Are you interested in reflecting on your “why” and sharing your story with other teachers? If any of this is true, then this course is for you! Designed to help you explore your “why”, reflect on your practice and create your story, this blended experience (both face to face and online) will help you grow as an educator! Additionally, you will also explore how storytelling can be a part of instruction and how students show you what they know. Come create with us!
      Colorado Medication Administration Training for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel [A]
Target group: Any staff, licensed or classified, who administers medications to students. This meets requirements for delegation under the RN license.
      Creating Online Professional Development in Schoology Part 1 [A]
Note: This is not a class about how to teach your students online, but about making your own professional development course to teach to other educators.

Are you an expert in an area of learning? Are you passionate about Tier 1 teaching techniques? Do you love collaborating with other teachers to get better at your craft? Or do you feel like there are no professional development courses out there for you? Then consider taking this course! This course will train you to teach your own online professional development courses in schoology to other SVVSD teachers.

There are two parts to the course. Part 1 focuses on how to take what we know about effective teaching techniques and figure out how best to apply them to adult learners online.
      Critical Creativity for the Classroom
Target group: Licensed teachers

Instructor: Farah Holburn

This course will focus on the use of active learning and critical thinking in classrooms by using various media - articles, podcasts, and the book Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Dan Ryder. You will develop ways to integrate active learning and critical thinking into curriculum. Mr. Ryder will spend an hour answering questions and discussing how to assess what students create.

You will need to purchase the book Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Dan Ryder.
      Developing Student Agency in the Secondary Classroom Part II
Target group: Secondary teachers across the district

Instructor: Rebecca Albert Vollrath

This course focuses on John Spencer and A.J. Juliani´s book EMPOWER: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning which takes teachers beyond more simple forms of student agency and into student empowerment. EMPOWER: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning has been said to be a "road map that will inspire innovation, authentic learning experiences, and practical ways to empower stuents to pursue their passions while in school."

The book supports teachers supporting students to own their learning and be partners in their education. This class includes discussion of the book´s content, opportunities to apply learnings from the book, and reflection on current practice.
      Finding Calm in the Chaos Online
I´m sorry, but the waiting list for this class is closed.

Target group: All staff

Teaching is exhausting! It is estimated that teachers make over 1,500 decisions a day! The high-intensity emotions and the worry that come along with teaching are draining. In this online class, you will rejuvenate and energize by practicing mindfulness, self-compassion, gratitude, emotional processing, and self-care strategies. You will learn how to work smarter, not harder and learn practical strategies to organize and prioritize. This class is sure to help you find calm in the chaos inside and outside of your classroom!
      Lost at School Book Study [A]
Target Group: Administrators, Social Workers, Counselors, Teachers and Staff

Participants will gain a better understanding of how to better work with, communicate with,build relationships with and educate children with behavioral problems that challenge the classroom dynamic. In this course educators and all staff will read Lost At School by Ross W. Greene, engage in discussions with others in the learning community, and apply the content to their own practices through Schoology. Participants will engage in the professional development community and empower each other to better understand and apply the learned content to their professional setting. Link to Amazon book

      Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning - Online Book Study
Target group: K-12 teachers and administrators

In this class, teachers will read and discuss Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, a book published in 2014 that examines the latest research in mind, brain, and education (MBE) science. Through completely online sessions, we will discuss the current research presented on educational neuroscience, how the brain learns, and the resulting implications for the classroom. Weekly reading and online discussions allow participants to work when and where schedules allow.
      Making Thinking Visible [A]

Target audience: K-12 teachers

As teachers we ask our students to think all the time, but rarely step back to define specifically what we want our students to do mentally. This course will assist teachers at all grade levels to more clearly define the mental work they want their students to perform.

Participants will use the book, Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart, to explore a variety of routines to engage students in a culture of thinking. The routines, developed by researchers at Project Zero at Harvard, involve students in thinking, planning, creating, questioning, and inquiring to develop deep understanding in any content area. Participants will walk away with highly practical strategies for immediate implementation.

Please purchase the book, Making Thinking Visible prior to the course.
      Mindsets

Target group: K-12 Teachers/ Administrators.

Instructor: Casey Luker

This is an online class through Schoology.

"Growth Mindset" is a term that gets thrown around a lot in education! This class will cover the foundational elements of growth and fixed mindsets while exploring and discussing the application of mindsets within society, and more specifically schools. Our work in this course will focus on applying our learning to impact our teaching and interactions with students. In doing so, we will develop a toolbox of strategies for helping us and our students to develop a growth mindset.

Participants will need to purchase the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck and read the first two chapters of the book before the first session.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 2A, 2C, 2D, 3A
      Multimodal Texts in the Secondary English Classroom [A]
Target group: Secondary teachers

Instructor: Anna Marie Strzyz

Are you looking to refresh the types of texts you use in your classroom? Have you wondered how to apply more critical reading of a variety of text types? This online course will explore various types of texts that go beyond just the written word and into the world of multimodal texts. Participants will examine, research, and produce multimodal texts that link the genres of study in a secondary English classroom. In addition, participants will design lessons for their classroom.
      Practical Student Engagement
Target group: Classroom teachers

Instructor: Katelynn Ryan

Are you struggling with how to implement project based learning? Are you worried your students are losing the ability for inquiry? Are you wanting to find ways to make your students more self-reliant? Do you want to find ways to better utilize the best teaching practices effectively in the classroom without risking content? This course focuses on how to use various techniques like open-ended questions, student driven backwards design, and self-directed projects to have students focus on not just hearing the content but truly engaging with content and practicing important life skills within the process.
      Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing [A]
Target group: Elementary Teachers

Teaching reading and writing effectively takes knowledge of the content, as well as the skill set to apply that knowledge to your daily practice. This online class will guide you through 9 modules, which include topics covering foundational and advanced reading, writing, spelling and assessment. The modules have been developed by Reading Rockets, in collaboration with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and The International Dyslexia Association. The modules are comprised of various activities including pre- and post-tests, reading assignments, watching videos, creating lessons, and applying the knowledge to your teaching.

The class content will be web based, with class expectations that you complete activities and reflections using google docs while working through the modules. The first class will be 1.75 hours face-to-face to learn about the design and expectations of the class, and to delve into the first module. The remainder of the work will be self-paced, with the completion of the class within a three month timeline.
      Student Data Privacy and Security in the Classroom [A]
Target group: K-12 licensed teachers

Instructor: Toni Hoehn

There´s much discussion around the new student data privacy laws and how it affects teachers in their classroom. The conversation around whether or not an app is approved can be grounds for frustration. This class aims to get the record straight on various policies down to the roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This course will navigate through dismantling the myths, looking at both the macro and micro approach to the laws, SVVSD´s resources, and vetting apps.

Participants will have hands-on activities and lessons they can apply directly to their own classroom. The course finishes with a lesson or project creation around student data security and privacy.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 3D, 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D
      The Book Whisperer Book Study . . . and so much more!
Target group: Upper elementary (3rd grade or higher), middle and high school English and Literacy teachers. Teachers outside the intended audience are welcome provided they are willing to provide students with the opportunities for independent, free choice reading each day in their classroom.

Developing independent readers and students who truly want to read is a struggle all teachers encounter. In this course, we will read The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, but the course will go beyond a traditional book study. We will look at the strategies and ideas presented in the book along with supplemental material to enhance and question the material presented in Miller´s book.

Participants will engage in weekly discussions over an 8 week period. During each week we will explore a chapter in the book and share current research and readings that mirror the information.

A one credit follow-up course will be available the following semester for participants that want to commit to trying out the practices presented in the book. The course will cover one academic semester where participants will journal about their practice, collect data from a sample set of students and participate in 2 facetime meetings with the instructor.
      Vrain Waves Podcast - Season 1 [A]
The purpose of the Vrain Waves Podcast is to make educators more informed, inspired and connected. The instructors recorded a series of interviews with educational giants to bring discussions and insights to the ears of listeners in St. Vrain and beyond.

Listen to the 60 minute interviews to learn from education professionals around the world who will expand your thinking and energize your instruction. Listen at your own pace, follow along in social media, and bring these discussions and questions to your professional learning networks to engage in your own lifelong learning. Listen, learn, and get credit in this unique opportunity.

Join us for Vrain Waves!
      Vrain Waves Podcast - Season 2 [A]
The purpose of the Vrain Waves Podcast is to make educators more informed, inspired and connected. The instructors recorded a series of interviews with educational giants to bring discussions and insights to the ears of listeners in St. Vrain and beyond.

Listen to the 60 minute interviews to learn from education professionals around the world who will expand your thinking and energize your instruction. Listen at your own pace, follow along in social media, and bring these discussions and questions to your professional learning networks to engage in your own lifelong learning. Listen, learn, and get credit in this unique opportunity.

Join us for Vrain Waves!
      Vrain Waves Podcast - Season 3 [A]
The purpose of the Vrain Waves Podcast is to make educators more informed, inspired and connected. The instructors recorded a series of interviews with educational giants to bring discussions and insights to the ears of listeners in St. Vrain and beyond.

Listen to the 60 minute interviews to learn from education professionals around the world who will expand your thinking and energize your instruction. Listen at your own pace, follow along in social media, and bring these discussions and questions to your professional learning networks to engage in your own lifelong learning. Listen, learn, and get credit in this unique opportunity.

Join us for Vrain Waves!
      Working with the Workshop Model [A]
Target group: Teachers, especially secondary

Instructor: Katelynn Ryan

Do you ever feel like you do 70% or more of the work for your students? Are you looking for a way to enhance your effectiveness in the classroom and increase student achievement without driving yourself crazy? Would you like more time during class time to spend working with students in small groups or individuals and providing feedback? Check out the workshop method! This course will provide you with ideas and rationale for using the workshop in your classroom and then you will have the opportunity to try it out and reflect on whether or not it will work for you!
      Writing Workshop in the Secondary English Classroom [A]
Target group: Secondary English teachers

Instructor: Anna Marie Strzyz

Explore how the writing workshop model can increase student engagement and writing skills without increasing your grading load. One of the biggest benefits of adopting this model is that students work harder on their writing than their teachers.

Participants in this course will delve into the core values of the language arts classroom (authentic reading, writing, creating, collaboration, and critical thinking) and incorporate them within the philosophy of the writing workshop model. Teachers will leave the course having experienced a sample writing workshop as well as having created a resource bank and developed strategies and lessons to use in their own classrooms.

This online course will have weekly deadlines.

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